07/13/2011 05:32 pm ET | Updated Sep 12, 2011

WBEZ Asks: What's Killing Feminist Bookstores?

A few weeks ago a reporter friend of mine who grew up in Portland, OR shared an article on Facebook that appeared in the June 22nd edition of the Wilamette Week, one of Portland's weekly alternative newspapers.

The article she shared profiled In Other Words, a shop it described as the West Coast's "last feminist bookstore," and came with my friend's astonishing pull-quote: "There are nine feminist bookstores left in America."

Reading Healy's story in the Wilamette Week made me want to talk to Linda Bubon, who co-owns Women and Children First with business partner Ann Christophersen. What did Bubon think was killing feminist bookstores? And how is her business faring, for that matter?

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